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Ryanair sets up Leeds Bradford base

Low fare airline Ryanair announced yesterday that it will open its 34th base at Leeds Bradford in March 2010, with the launch of 14 new routes from the UK airport.

From next spring there will be 63 weekly return flights operating to and from Leeds Bradford, incorporating the three existing routes and a raft of new services.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said yesterday: “Ryanair is delighted to announce Leeds Bradford as our 34th base and our 11th UK base airport. These 14 new routes from Leeds Bradford go on sale tomorrow. With a total of 17 low fare routes from Leeds Bradford next summer passengers can beat the recession by choosing Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges to 17 exciting destinations all over Europe including France, Italy and Spain among others. Ryanair’s 1 million passengers will create and sustain 1,000 jobs locally at Leeds Bradford Airport.”

Flights between Leeds Bradford and Carcassonne, Faro, Ibiza, Knock, Krakow, Limoges, Malaga, Malta, Montpellier, Murcia, Nantes, Palma, Pisa and Venice Treviso are all available from today, from £10.


John Parkin, LBIA Chief Executive, said: “This is a great vote of confidence in the potential of both the airport and our region from Europe's largest airline. Today's announcement makes us an exception in the sector and will help create much needed jobs. It shows Ryanair shares our confidence in the tremendous opportunity for strong market growth at the airport. Significantly it follows recent planning approval for the terminal development to deliver best in class facilities and build upon existing routes”.

To celebrate the launch, the airline has also released one million £5 seats across its European network in October and November available until midnight Thursday August 13 at

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Written by: Maxine Clarke, August 12, 2009